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Kunena 5.2 Beta 1 Released (Yesterday)

The Kunena team is thrilled to announce the first public beta release of Kunena 5.2, a native Joomla extension for Joomla 3.9. This is a development release and should be only be used for testing; this version is not recommended for live websites at this stage.

The purpose of this release is to encourage testing by downloading, installing and identifying any problems or shortcomings that people may discover. K 5.2.0 B1 is stable and we are aware that people will discover defects. We encourage you to use the forum to report defects, as soon as they are discovered, so that the development team can work through the problems before the release of K 5.1 as a stable product. Reporting defects does not mean that the problems can or will be fixed. The Kunena team is looking forward to hearing your feedback on how well we have achieved our design goals.

Question Display PDF in Forum Post

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4 years 11 months ago #1 by freedomcoach
For a long time now I've wanted to be able to display PDF docs inside a Forum post. I'm still hoping there's a way to do this since a lot of my users are not able to convert PDFs to JPGs. Please advise HOW to do this.

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4 years 11 months ago #2 by freedomcoach
I added pdf to the allowable file extensions but this still only gives me the ability to add a pdf as an attachment, not as a displayed image in the forum post. PLEASE let me know how to make a pdf appear visually in the post.

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4 years 11 months ago #3 by sozzled
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G'day. I "answered" this question in a kind of roundabout way a year-and-a-half ago, when I wrote:

It is not possible ... to embed a PDF reader into the forum so that PDF files can be viewed within the forum (in the same way as it's possible to embed a video player to watch videos, or the eBay viewer to look at eBay advertisements) but it is possible to attach .PDF files to messages posted on the forum. These attachments can then be downloaded by your users and they can view them if they have a PDF viewer (e.g Acrobat Reader) installed on their own computer.

As far as I know, this is still the case.

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4 years 11 months ago #4 by freedomcoach
Hi Michael:

I understand and accept that this is not possible. I am now directing my users to convert their PDF docs to JPEGS and then embedding them in their posts. Its just one extra step but a critical one at that.

Attachments and downloads of PDFs will not work in my situation. They defeat the whole idea of the forum being interactive with the contents of posts. If you understood the nature of my Life Crafting program it would probably make more sense to you.

I'm actually having my users do their exercises in google docs which offer a shared environment with tables, formatting and other graphical elements, then when complete export to PDF, convert to JPG and post in Kunena forum. If you see any way of shortening this process, let me know.

I am using the code tag in my forum to create embedded templates users can copy/paste into new posts and this is now creating a true collaborative space too for co developing discoveries and new information.

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4 years 11 months ago #5 by sozzled
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I understand what you mean. The "extra step" involved is to click the .PDF attachment—to then open it or download it to their own computer. I'm not sure how this is such a major hurdle but I have to confess, I tend to avoid uploading PDF documents on discussion forums. They don't open inline and I don't think I've seen any discussion forum where a PDF document does open inline.

If it's a requirement for people to display images inline within the forum, JPEG format—to put it mildly—is not "aesthetically" pleasant. PNG format is, perhaps, a little better.

I'm taking a bit of a sabattical from things at the moment and concentrating on matters that are a little closer to home. Perhaps someone else in the community has a similar interest to yours or, perhaps, the developers and/or moderators of this forum may have another suggestion for you. Good luck, mate.

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